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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:36 pm 
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An early takie featured among others Helen Chandler, later to appear in Dracula, and two fellows who played minor parts but who would become more famous in the movies than Helen Chandler. John Wayne and Ward Bond appear as midshipmen and football players at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. This film from the year 1929 bears the title "Salute". In one scene the character played by Ward Bond gives a fledgling midshipman some unhappy moments while the fellow played by John Wayne looks on and occasionally tries to calm down his fellow football player. The unlucky fledgling midshipman is named Randall and his grandfather was a hero in the Spanish American War. A poem in honor of that old veteran is recited and made the occasion for fun, much to the dismay of Randall. Was that poem a product of Hollywood or does it have historical roots? What follows is substantially correct but I suspect only roughly accurate.

The gray of the dawn o’er that Philippine Sea
The lingering night shades still shrouded the shore
Brave Randall struck out with the fleet in his lea
And silently swam for the land’s distant roar
With the surge of the billows, swish swish for his song
He crested the waters unmindful of fears
His body might tire but his courage was strong
And the shout of the waves was applause in his ears

On the deck stood George Dewey his keen eyes agleam
For the whistle and burst of a rocket afar
Would stay in its brilliance that would follow its beam
The enemy lies in the line of his star
Brave Randall prayed Dewey go on though the night
On that gray shore line a tired form appears
And swish goes his rocket and bright flares its light
The guns of our fleet roar applause in his ears.


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